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SIL Electronic Working Papers 2004-004

From endangered to less endangered: case histories from Brazil and Papua New Guinea

Author  Cahill, Michael
Abstract 

This article examines various factors in the revitalization of several endangered languages of Brazil and Papua New Guinea in which the people were in imminent danger of dying out as a group. Among these factors were access to consistent medical care and a heightened self-respect.

  From endangered to less endangered: case histories from Brazil and Papua New Guinea
Published  2004
Languages  Binumarien [bjr]
Hixkaryána [hix]
Mamaindé [wmd]
Paumarí [pad]
Pirahã [myp]
Countries  Brazil
Papua New Guinea
Subjects  Endangered languages
Language death
Language use
Sociolinguistics
Keywords  language maintenance; sociolinguistics; Language use; Language death; Endangered languages